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Negretti Barolo 2018

Nebbiolo  |  Italy

RV94, DWWA91, WA91, JS90

Barolo! The King of Italian Wines – structured, perfumed, age-worthy concoctions that can stand up next to any red from anywhere...proudly. The Negretti brothers have truly outdone themselves with this classic, sumptuous wine that is just a marvelous value! 94 POINTS and over 50% OFF!

Brothers Massimo and Ezio Negretti own prime stretches of vineyard in Roddi, La Morra, and Monforte, and make powerful, classically-styled, ageable wines from their winery near La Morra.  The Negretti family’s roots have always been firmly set in their passion for wine, and while the winery has only been around since 2002, Massimo and Ezio make firmly traditional wines that preserve the traditions of their ancestors. Today, and particularly in Barolo’s recent stretch of warmer-than-normal vintages, La Morra has become known for producing powerful, extracted, and concentrated wines, and yet Negretti manages to maintain the sort of ethereal delicacy here that stands apart for its purity and class. We love, love, love this wine and 2018 is drinking like a dream – even young! Just so, so good!

The grapes undergo a cold soak prior to fermentation – which allows for the extraction of color without pulling additional tannin – something that really translates nicely to the final product. The wine is deeply ruby and full, but the tannins are soft, and velvety, without the astringency to the tannins that are so often found in young cru Barolo. As such, the wine is accessible and approachable even in its youth with intense aromas of cinnamon, volcanic rock, and sweet red berries. The core is soft and polished through with hibiscus and cherries taking the lead, accented by rose petals, violets, and a beautiful balance with structured depth and serious complexity. Tons going on here and you get something different with every sip...just a wine for the ages! 53% OFF? Let’s go!

94 Raffaele Vecchione -
Rose petals, hibiscus, hyacinth and magnolia describe the decidedly noble, sweet and delicate sensory profile of this Barolo 2018. Full body, incredibly silky tannins on the palate that describe a crazy ascending parabola and a frank and genuine finish that gives emotions at every sip. Wow! You don't look at the power in this vintage but at the elegance, smoothness and personality and this Barolo really has a lot of it! Better from 2023.
91 Decanter World Wine Awards -
Very perfumed, with lots of spice, cinnamon, crushed stone, and forest floor with sweeter red berries, milk chocolate, and present alcohol.
91 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Made with fruit from 40-year-old vines, the Negretti 2018 Barolo reveals a delicate and balanced texture with a smooth embroidery of red fruit, wild currant, pressed violet and gardening soil. The wine ages in a combination of French and Austrian oak, and 11,000 bottles were released. It feels smooth and long on the palate, and the tannins are polished and dry.
90 James Suckling -
Bright red-berry character with a touch of undergrowth. Medium-bodied with some firm tannin and a tight finish. Good, but a little plain this year. Sustainable. Try from 2023.

  • BlendNebbiolo
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionPiedmont
  • AppellationBarolo
  • Alcohol14.5%